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Cannes City Guide

cannes franceThe French Riviera is the stuff of dreams — movies stars, yachts, luxury — and the Riviera’s most glamorous town — CANNES — is its epicenter for all things fabulous. Perched on the Mediterranean with incredible views, CANNES has high season pricing that will break the bank, so plan your itinerary in advance if you don’t have a Hollywood budget.

For all the hype, there’s not alot to do in CANNES, so after hours lazying around on your hotel’s beach, fashionistas will enjoy shopping at 55 Croisette, Galeries LafayetteMercedeh, and Taizo as well as boutiques along the La Croisetterue d’Antibes and rue Meynadier. Design enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the medieval town of Le Suquet perched on a hill above city center, shopping at Autour de la Terre, Black Card and Martine Foubet or an afternoon spent instagramming the gorgeous Villa Domergue or Villa Rothschild.

cannes film festival sonam kapoorIndian actress Sonam Kapoor arriving at Cannes Film Festival 2015

MUSEUMS + ATTRACTIONS

Cannes Film Festival
www.festival-cannes.com

The creme-de-la-creme of film festivals held every May.

Festival d’Art Pyrotechnique
www.festival-pyrotechnique-cannes.com/en

In July and August, Cannes skies light up for this annual fireworks competition.

île Ste-Marguerite

Just a 10-15 minute ferry from Port of Cannes. Don’t miss Fort Royal where the Man in the Iron Mask was held.

Le Petit Train
www.seecannes.com

Kind of cheesy tour, but a good respite when walking in the heat takes its toll.

Maeght Foundation
623 Chemin des Gardettes, Saint-Paul-de-Vence
www.fondation-maeght.com/en

Wonderful modern art museum about an hour from Cannes.

Malmaison
47 Boulevard de la Croisette
www.cannes.com/fr/culture

Small art gallery featuring 20th century artists on the Croisette. Open daily.

Marché aux Fleurs
allée de la Liberté

Get up early Tuesdays – Saturday for Instagram-worthy photos. #FloralFridays.

Marché Forville
North of the Vieux Port

On Mondays, its an antiques market, the rest of the week foodie heaven.

Palais des Festivals
Boulevard de la Croisette
www.en.palaisdesfestivals.com

The site of the annual star-studded Cannes Film Festivals. Confirm tours in advance.

bruno oger villa archangeBARS + CLUBS + RESTAURANTS
Insider’s Tip: It’s essential to book reservations in advance if you visit during the film festival or in the summer.

Casa Mia
7 Rue Marceau
www.casamia-cannes.com

Mega hotspot for good Italian. More about the scene than the food.

Gotha Club
Place Franklin Roosevelt
www.gotha-club.com

If you dare venture out, this club has the best DJs.

La Petite Maison Nicole
10 Boulevard de la Croisette
www.lucienbarriere.com/en

At Hotel Majestic serving classic Mediterranean cuisine.

La Villa Archange
Rue de l’Ouest, Le Cannet
www.bruno-oger.com/en

Read my review here.

L’Affable
5 Rue la Fontaine
www.restaurant-laffable.fr

For meals with a Mediterranean flair and a hint of Asian influences.

Le Park 45
45 Boulevard de la Croisette
www.grand-hotel-cannes.com

A bit overhyped, but service is consistent and flavor profiles are interesting.

Mocca
1 Boulevard de la Croisette
www.moccarestaurant.com

Great location. Good food. See and be seen.

Sea Sens
22 Rue Bivouac Napoléon
www.five-seas-hotel-cannes.com

One of the hottest chefs serving one of the most innovative meals in Cannes.

Tetou
8 Avenue des Frères Roustan, Golfe
www.tetou.fr

A 15-minute ride for delicious seafood. Order the bouillabaisse.

VIP Room
50 Boulevard de la Croisette
www.facebook.com/VipRoom

If you can get pass the bouncers, VIP is THE club to party all night.

Z Plage
73 Boulevard de la Croisette
www.cannesmartinez.grand.hyatt.com

For a romantic beachfront evening in Cannes.

Zoa Sushi Bar
2 Place du Général de Gaulle
www.zoasushibar.com

Hip scene for some of the best sushi in Cannes.

carlton-intercontinental-cannesHOTELS
Insider’s Tip: Always check hotel websites for special deals and packages.

Carlton Intercontinental
58 Boulevard de la Croisette
www.intercontinental-carlton-cannes.com/en

Art Deco stunner made famous by Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in To Catch A Thief. 

Five Seas Hotel
1 Rue Notre Dame
www.five-seas-hotel-cannes.com

Chic boutique hotel with cool vibe and Sea Sens restaurant.

Grand Hyatt Hotel Martinez
73 Boulevard de la Croisette
www.cannesmartinez.grand.hyatt.com

Iconic Art Deco hotel known for extraordinary service and celebrity sightings.

Hotel du Cap Eden Roc
29 Kennedy Boulevard
www.hotel-du-cap-eden-roc.com/fr

Got serious cash? Check in here and you will not be disappointed. Exceptional. Truly.

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